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Olivia DrakeApril 25, 20228min
During a recent meditation, Katja Kolcio pondered the question, 'What do you wish for the world?" Without much premeditated thought, Kolcio determined that she'd want all humans to have the kind of optimism and inner strength that Ukrainians have during the current war. "Nobody would defend one's rights with that kind of veracity without undaunted optimism and faith in our individual capacity to make a difference in the world. With everything horrible happening, there's something that's at a base level inspiring," she said during Wesleyan's sixth Livestream Conversation with Ukraine discussion on April 22. "I can't thank you enough for…

Olivia DrakeMarch 28, 202211min
Calling the attacks in Ukraine "a war" is against the law in Russia, and all media organizations there must use the term "special military operation (SMO)." "If anybody with a newspaper [doesn't use SMO], next day, you're in in jail," said activist Frantsuaza Li of Moscow during Wesleyan's fourth Ukraine-Russia Crisis: Livestream Conversations series event on March 25. "Russian propaganda works. Not because Russian people are devils, and they think that [the war] is a good thing. Because there [is] no information in the internet. The government blocked many newspapers. The government blocked Facebook, YouTube, and people . . .…

Olivia DrakeMarch 15, 20229min
Svitlana Andrushchenko left her home in Kyiv, Ukraine, due to the Russian invasion, but she refuses to be deemed a "refugee." "I call myself a temporarily removed person. I want [to be] back home and just be in my country. I want to live in peace in Ukraine," Andrushchenko said during Wesleyan's third Ukraine-Russia Crisis Livestream Conversation series event. "I am not scared for myself. I am scared for my children. Really, we are responsible for them." Andrushchenko, who is currently displaced in the western Ukraine city of Ivano Frankivsk, is nine hours from her home where she works as…

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Olivia DrakeMarch 7, 202219min
(Maia Dawson '24 contributed to this article.) “For me there are no more days of the week," said Ukraine native Julia Kulchytska ‘24. "There is the first day of the war, there is the second. Today is day nine." Kulchytska spoke to a crowd that had gathered outside Usdan on March 4 for a rally in support of Ukraine. Among the students, one with tear-streaked cheeks behind a pair of cat-eye sunglasses were a group of faculty, staff, and residents of Middletown, and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. “Russian troops are coming expecting that Ukrainian people will greet them with flowers,…

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Rachel Wachman '24March 7, 20228min
Silence fell upon the crowd of students and staff assembled outside Usdan University Center as Ukrainian native Julia Kulchytska ’24 stepped up to the microphone. “The new norm is to live in a constant state of fear that I’m going to wake up and I’m going to get a message that my home was bombed,” Kulchytska said during a rally held March 4. She expressed feeling a deep sense of guilt that she is not in Ukraine with her family and described how numb and afraid she has been feeling since the war began. Kulchytska organized the Ukraine Rally for…

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Steve ScarpaFebruary 25, 20226min
The panelists at Friday’s talk at Fisk Hall about the war in Ukraine were in so many ways just regular college students, studying public administration or politics, seeking ways to improve their communities and live their lives. Given recent events, no matter how much they yearn for peace, they may all end up being soldiers. “The people who are defending us are putting up a hell of a fight,” said Daria Bila, a college student speaking from Ukraine. The students joined a discussion via Zoom hosted by the Fries Center for Global Studies called "Ukraine-Russia Crisis: A Series of International…